Trusting in God With St. Therese
by Connie Rossini
Anger, a virulent and corrosive passion, can instantaneously sweep our souls seemingly out of the reach of Christ's loving embrace. It is tempting to allow the mind to ruminate upon distracting petty annoyances, rather than to meditate upon the immeasurable mercy and love of Jesus. Saint Therese was confronted with the acerbic sentiment of fellow members of her order. She fought the temptation to descend into the emotional mire presented to her so frequently. This dear and lovely Saint consciously chose to love anyone who opposed her, for the love of Jesus. It took immense spiritual discipline to achieve the peace of Christ within her heart and to share the gentle ripples of His unconditional love.
Thank you Mrs. Rossini for this chapter which teaches us great lessons about being missionaries in our own homes, schools or places of work. Saint Therese often said that her ceaseless work of prayer would continue even when she was in Heaven. Her holy example of the beautiful forgiveness and love Jesus tells us to have for our enemies as well as our companions, flows gloriously from Eucharistic Adoration. If we love His Holy Face, as did Saint Therese, how can anger be directed at any of His children, in whose faces can so clearly be seen His?